Education in care and technology, a facilitator of interdisciplinary research and development

C.G. Willems*, A.M. Sponselee, M.M. Verkerke, A. Sirkka, L. Saarni, M.C. Branco, L. de Witte

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Objective: Application of technology in care is hindered by two factors; a critical attitude of care professionals towards the use of technology as part of care delivery and a lack of knowledge of care practice by technology developers. Technological developments may provide adequate solutions to support care provision. The principles of user centred design and development, traditionally used in the development of assistive technology, may provide powerful tools to support care provision. Interdisciplinary research will be needed to take full benefit. Educational programs to support this development are lacking. Main content of this paper: Six organisations of higher education have taken the initiative to organize a training program to support professionals active in the care or in the technology domain that enables them to become involved in interdisciplinary research and development. Results: a European program to educate a professional master in Care and Technology has been developed and is described in this paper. Accreditation of the program is initiated. Conclusion. Alumni of such a program may form a European network of professionals that are active in developing new solutions to support people with special needs and contribute to the generation of new business.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive Technology
EditorsC. Sik-Lányi, E.J. Hoogerwerf, K. Miesenberger, P. Cudd
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-565-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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SeriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics

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